Hey, Chris! It’s tonydk2 from the chat room again, and I have a list of things to think about before buying an MP3 player. I myself have many MP3 players and they all have a purpose. One is for school, one is for a phone, and one is for storing all my content. There are many MP3 players out there and if you are planning on picking one up, ask yourself a few questions…

  1. Think about what you will be using it for. Will it be for jogging, walking, driving, or something else? For example, if you are planning on using your MP3 player while jogging, then consider if your pants or jogging shorts have pockets. Will you have to hold it? Then you will either want a strong, well-put-together MP3 player that can withstand the shock when you inevitably drop it, or a clip to attach it to your clothing.
  2. How much content do you have? Be aware that 1 gig holds about 240 songs. If you have 5000 songs, then you will need at least 23 gigs. If you’re planning on storing videos on the MP3 player, then you will probably need even more space.
  3. Speaking of videos, if you’re planning on using your MP3 player for the purpose of watching them, you’ll want a good picture. Some players, like the SanDisk 2.0 gig model, have a less-than-stellar display and only minimal storage space. On the other hand, SanDisk MP3/MP4 players have micro memory card slots for extra memory if desired.
  4. MP3 players are not that expensive. You can get an iPod shuffle for 49 dollars (1 gig) or a SanDisk MP4 player for 80 to 100 dollars. You do not need to spend your life savings on an MP3 player. In fact, if you are a person who just wants something that works and just plays music, then all you need is $30.00 and some change.
  5. Last, what do you want from your MP3 player? Do you want videos, podcasts, or an FM radio? There are so many features that you can get with certain MP3 players, so do your research and make sure your target player is able to do everything you expect from it.